Days roll by…

So it has been almost a month since the last blog post.  And time is flying by! At some point in time as I was in my daily blur of running and building it dawned on me that all those twits using Twitter might be onto something. Their posts are only one line long! Way shorter then a blog.

Of course as I kept thinking I came around to the logical conclusion that even short posts need to be posted. And since I can barely keep my blog alive, maybe I did not need to add another form of social media to be socially awkward on right now.  So instead as my mind wanders I just think up Tweets I would post, if I had my act together enough to always be posting.

And today for your enjoyment I present a month of what I would have said on Twitter ~ With some photos, cause lets be honest, sometimes 140 characters is just not enough.  Oh and I am randomly making up hash tags with no practical understanding of how they work. #havingfun #dealwithit Continue reading

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So what have we been up to?

My friends you have probably been concerned at my obvious lack of posting, and my appalling lack of email replies is beyond reproach. I think I have a good excuse, so to that end I created a little Q&A photo blog.  This is kinda how I imagine the dialog would unfold if you ran into me and we were doing the getting caught up chit chat. I will pretend you are the person in Bold and tell you what’s been going on in my life. But since I am too tired right now to type it all up I am going to let my photos do the talking for me.  Here we go –

How are Jasper and Opal?

*Cue “ We’re Going To Be Friends,” The White Stripes for the soundtrack to this answer

Freaking awesome!!! Continue reading

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Jasper and Baby Steps

Jasper joined our family a scared little dog.

Jasper joined our family a scared little dog.

A new addition to the Dew Claw family, Mr. Jasper joined us June 28 and we could not be happier.  He is still not sure about it all, but when you consider where he came from you really can not blame him.

He came to us through Alaska Animal Friends Rescue (AARF), they do excellent work in the Anchorage area. I do not know much about his past, but prior to that he had been found running wild with his siblings, young dogs who, as far as anyone could tell, had never been in human contact. This was in the lower 48, and the chances for them at a shelter were not good, so as fortune and fate would have it they ended up at AARF in Anchorage. Continue reading

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Picnic Photos

With my friend Toni at ITC Picnic

Well friends by now you have all seen the news.  Over 50 mushers signed up the first day at the volunteer appreciation picnic.  You can see the complete list of mushers here, and yes you will find my name on there. And that is how another year of insanity begins!!! Continue reading

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“you give a dog a bad name, and that dog is bad for life.”
― Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

Which is why the naming of puppies always take us so long.  There are some logical rules to naming Dew Claw dogs, “2 syllables, can’t rhyme with NO”. But there is also the emotional side, how does the name ‘feel’? is it fun to yell? does it fit the dog? This often turns into a multi day discussion with Dan and I bouncing ideas off each other. And if we are talking inside, more often than not, the discussions evolve into us just playing with puppies, which has lead to a humongous drop in productivity around Dew Claw.

I know I have used this rational before, and it is no less true today, but really how am I supposed to sit there and responsibly blog when right next to the desk is total puppy adorableness!!! And not just the usual litter of adorable future race dogs. We have those thanks to our dear Sweet Pea giving birth to 3 lovely puppies on Mothers Day. This year we also have a new side-kick dog. A super cute blue healer puppy has joined us. She came to us very young, and with only two settings, crazy-happy-bitey-bouncy or asleep. Continue reading

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Iditarod Snippets 2016

Or “The Stories you Didn’t Read in the News”

Thanks to the Internet, social media, GPS trackers, and Iditarod Insider everyone can follow the race in real time.  Y’all know where the mushers are at any point in time, and what we did when. But that is only part of the story, and to every epic story there is always a great back story, or at least some funny out-takes.  This year in place of the traditional race wrap up I thought it would be much more fun to share some of those snippets.

At the start of Iditarod 2016 - photo credit Antonia Reitter

At the start of Iditarod 2016 – photo credit Antonia Reitter

Starting Out –

I love this photo from the start, love how it captures the moment.  I look so relaxed and happy. And if you look closely in the sunglasses you can see the reflection of my team running smoothly in front of me. The same view I have from the back of the sled. And there is so much going on behind those glasses. Continue reading

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